Healing Service to Stand in
Solidarity with Corona Virus Victims
For the Healing of the
Luke 9:1-2, 6
Healing was central to the
ministry of Jesus. It was a sign of God's kingdom, bringing renewal and
wholeness of life to those who turned to God in their need. Jesus sent out his
disciples with the commission to 'proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
In every act of worship, the Church celebrates the grace of God who desires
wholeness of body, mind and spirit for all people. At a service of healing, we
focus on that aspect of God's character. We bring to God our own frailty and
brokenness and all the burdens which weigh us down. We also bring our concerns
for others and for the world.
Above all, we come to the God
who knows our needs before we ask, and whose love revealed in Jesus Christ is
stronger than suffering and death.
"Then He called His twelve
disciples together and gave them power and authority over evil spirits and to
cure diseases, And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the
sick ,,,So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and
healing everywhere" (Luke 9:1-2, 6)
Jesus Never Told Us to Pray for the Sick, He Told us to Heal Them!
message by Rev. Frank
Certainly praying for the
sick is scriptural (James 5: 14-15: "Is anyone sick among you? Let them call on
the church to pray"), but isn't it interesting that Jesus never specifically
asked his disciples to pray for the sick?
Jesus told his disciples, and since we are Jesus' disciples too, he told us to
heal the sick, Healing is a big, big part of the gospel story, And according to
the instructions Jesus gave the 70 he sent out, healing should not be an
isolated occurrence, healing should occur everywhere at all time, "So they
departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing
And since the gospel didn't
change, healing should still occur at the hands of the church all the time and
everywhere, And yet, strangely, the church today is not exactly associated with
healing, at least not with supernatural healing, The Church is known for
supporting and even owning hospitals and bringing healing to people through
modern medicine, Two of my children were born in a Catholic hospital, one of
them in a Methodist hospital, But what about healing people the Jesus-way?
Maybe, the church has a power we don't yet know we possess?
Imagine with me a
conversation between the modern church and Jesus:
Church: Yes, Jesus, that'd
be something if I could heal people like you did; if we could perform the kind
of miracles you performed, But we really don't have that kind of power, do we?
So how do we follow your command to heal people?
Jesus: Are you kidding me? I wish I had had your kind of power to heal when I
walked the earth, Where do I even start? Let me mention a few examples of the
kind of massive power you have to heal...
Every year, millions of
people die from Malaria in Africa-mostly children, a disease that is primarily
spread by mosquitoes, A few years the United Methodist Church has partnered with
the Global Fund in their efforts to stamp out Malaria, Millions of dollars were
raised, Remember, we had a whole service dedicated to this effort two years ago,
It costs about $10 to give a mosquito net to a family in Africa that keeps
mosquitoes away during the night, Plus doctors, nurses were sent with
medication, all in the name of Christ. The result...
--Global malaria mortality
rates have fallen by an estimated 60 percent since the Imagine No Malaria
--When INM began, a child in Africa died from malaria every 30 seconds... then 45
seconds... then 1 minute, One child still dies every 2 minutes but the progress is
reason for hope and celebration,
--Because of the global effort to fight malaria, it is estimated that 6,8
million deaths from malaria have been averted since 2001,
--395,000 deaths from malaria still occur yearly in Africa, (1)
And this is only one of
hundreds of things we can do to bring healing to God's creatures everywhere,
Remember when we collected money for the purpose to have a water well built in a
village in Africa or Asia? Well that too was a way of putting our healing powers
to work, And what about our Church's mission for the mistreated and abandoned
women in the Congo? What about our mission to end human trafficking, All these
things bring real healing to people, families and communities,
And we can also donate money toward finding a cure or an immunization for the
Corona Virus, It's not just helping our neighbors, but quite possibly, we will
help ourselves as it's not yet known how far and wide this virus will spread
across the globe,
In this imaginary
conversation with Jesus, here is what I hear him say: I wasn't able to heal 6,8
million by myself when I walked the earth, But part of my church was able to
And it isn't just about
giving money, There is so much more the church can and should do, Such as
raising our voices to make sure that our country and eventually the whole world
has a decent health care system, Physicians Rana Awdish and Leonard Berry, in an
article entitled "Putting Healing Back at the Center of Health Care" are arguing
that a proper health care system can prevent an enormous number of diseases
before they even start:
The primary mission of health
care is to facilitate healing, People often associate healing only with "cure,"
but it is much broader,,, Healing requires more than medication and technology
directed toward physiological improvement, Emotional and spiritual
rehabilitation matter, too, (2)
This is where the church
comes in with her power to heal, We can raise our voices for the need of a
comprehensive and affordable health care system for all people, We can raise our
voices and engage in actions that will counter climate change, because, let's
face it, many diseases are rooted in the way we pollute the world with gases,
toxins, and trash, We can support and vote for those political candidates that
want to make all that that happen and we can be activists, If you think one
person, one church, cannot make a difference, just looks at Greta Thunberg--one
autistic teen who is changing the word, Who is going to be the Greta Thunberg of
And we can do work as local congregations to make sure the poor and the homeless
have shelter and access to medical services, We can work on the spiritual end of
things, and be a beacon of hope for how God envisions the perfect world, Think
about this: we are healing this community by welcoming and accepting everybody
unconditionally into this space, Spiritual healing and well-being happens when
we accept, love, and support each other as people from different walks,
ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders and ages, And it is a known fact that
spiritual and emotional well-being contributes to physical health!
Yes, we ought to pray for healing, but we can do so much more, We can be part of
healing this community, this society, our world by our actions as well as our
1. United Methodist Church Communications Site:
Imagine No Malaria
2. Rana Awdish and Leonard Berry,
Putting Healing Back at the
Center of Health Care
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick in our community,
and those in foreign lands,
We pray for those in hospital or at home,
for those whose minds
are beset with anxiety and fear,
for those oppressed or broken in spirit;
for those who turn to us for healing and comfort that,
together in you, we may find wholeness and peace.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
We pray for all who suffer;
for the victims of war and violence;
of persecution and aggression;
of disaster and accident;
we pray for the homeless and the hungry;
for refugees and asylum-seekers;
for the destitute and the oppressed;
for the lonely and unloved; and for those who mourn;
that they may find strength and hope.